Small cellophane bags filled with candy make a quick and inexpensive gift during the holiday season. Whether you're giving gifts to kids in a classroom or passing out small gifts around the neighbourhood, you may find these gift bag ideas useful. Fill the bags with homemade or purchased candy. Decorate the bags in different ways to make children feel as if they're opening a large gift.
Fold a cellophane bag into three equal sections, folding the top down and then folding the bottom over the top. Run your hand along the bag, creating creases that mark each section. Unfold the bag and fill the bottom section with miniature marshmallows. When you reach the crease, twist the bag in your hand and wrap a rubber band around the section. Repeat the process with the two other sections, filling with marshmallows and then closing off with a rubber band. The bag will resemble a fluffy white snowman.
Cut an empty wrapping paper tube into 4-inch-long pieces or use empty toilet paper rolls. Paint the cardboard rolls with tempura paint or finger paint and let dry. Slide the cellophane bags onto the paper rolls and snip off the bottom of the bag. Adjust the bag so that a small area of cellophane overhangs each end. Fill the tubes with small wrapped candies. Wrap a piece of ribbon around each end and tie in a small knot.
Turn the cellophane candy bags into an interactive experience, full of everything the recipients need to create a reindeer head. Add a round sugar cookie as the base of the reindeer head, a red candy as the nose, liquorice for the mouth and chocolate candies for the eyes. Give each child a chocolate-dipped pretzel twist, cut in half, to serve as the reindeer's antlers. Include a handwritten note, telling the child how to make a reindeer from the enclosed ingredients.
Fill plain cellophane bags with an assortment of homemade Christmas candies, including fudge and peppermint bark. You can also make miniature mice by dipping fresh cherries into melted chocolate, leaving the stem free of chocolate. When the chocolate is still warm, push a chocolate kiss into the front to serve as the head. Slide two slivered almonds in between the candies, for the mouse's ears. When cool, use a piping bag filled with white frosting to make eyes and a mouth on the mouse. Wrap a small rubber band around the top of the bag to keep it closed. Tie a name tag to the bag with a small piece of red ribbon.
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